Sigh. . . .

Trading Pit
News Headline: “The end of an era: Computers replace the trading pit’s brazen culture.”
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whirring sound.

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View from the top

Top Ants
News Headline: “Insects found in colonies that spend half their time inactive while others work around them.”
These are known to scientists as the “top 1 percent.”

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Today’s Birthdays: Czar Nicholas I, 219;  Duke of Earl, 78.

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Greetings and facilitations

Chicago Shooting
News Headline: “Holiday weekend shootings leave 4 dead in Milwaukee.”
News Headline: “Poughkeepsie: 5 shootings in 6 days.”
News Headline: East Oakland: July Fourth shootings kill one, injure three.”
News Headline: ”MAP: Chicago holiday weekend shooting tracker for July 2-July 5.”
Happy Independence Day from the National Rifle Association!

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Meanwhile, in Texas. . . .

Nuts and Wackos
Bastrop County Republican Chairman Albert Ellison wants you to know that fellow Texans who believe President Obama plans a military invasion of the state are not “nuts and wackos. They are concerned citizens.”
In the spirit of compromise, we can seek middle ground:
Think of them as nuts and wackos who are concerned.

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A republic, if you can keep it

Fourth of July
There are 475,000 Google hits for “Independance Day”–and 83,000 hits for “Declaration of Independance.”
But the republic survives.
Happy Forth of July!

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QT Third Annual Second Amendment
Fourth of July Advisory

Fourth Firing
If you  celebrate by firing a gun into the air, the bullet will start upward at about 2,700 feet per second.
It will climb for about two miles.
It will come back down at about 300 feet per second.
A bullet traveling at  200 feet per second will penetrate a skull.
All this takes about a minute.
Happy Fourth of July!

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QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

Yellowstone Fireworks
News Headline: “No fireworks allowed in Yellowstone.”
As we stop to consider people living on top of a supervolcano announcing a ban on fireworks.
But Happy Fourth of July!

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And fries with that

Pills, syringe and thermometer.
News Item: “. . . is the fourth weight-loss drug approved by the FDA since 2012. . . .”
The modern response to too much food:
Too many drugs.

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QT trickle-on economics update

Middle Class
The average middle-class  household income in the United States, if it had increased since 1979 at the same rate as that of the top 1 percent, would now be $156,318.

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